Steel industry set to replace retiring baby boomers

More than half of steel workers at plants around Lake Michigan could retire in five years, opening up hundreds of jobs, reports The Times of Munster.

U.S. Steel Corp.’s plant in Gary, for example, plans to hire 250 hourly workers in each of the next several years, plus nearly 30 salaried employees.

Hiring has been on hold for the industry since it underwent sweeping restructurings beginning in the early 1980s.

Some baby-boomers who went to work in their late teens are eligible to retire beginning in their late 40s.

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